Operationalizing a One Health approach in the Arctic, Part 2 (One Health II)
Canada, U.S., Finland
A continuing project from the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-2017)
Target Completion Date:
The objective of the project is to operationalize a One Health approach in the Arctic to forge co-equal, all inclusive collaborations across multiple scientific disciplines and Arctic communities in order to enhance resiliency of the Arctic inhabitants through an enhanced understanding of climatic change impacts on health risks to people, animals, and the environment. This is a multi-phase project to help advance the fundamental understanding of climate change vulnerabilities and impacts on community and ecosystem health in the Arctic region, and to encourage the transition from knowledge to action through the development of decision-making tools.
The associated health risks for humans, animals and plants include potential changes in pathogen proliferation and vector borne diseases, effects on drinking water quality and availability, environmental contamination, effects on the quality and availability of food, and changes in animal species distribution, among others.
During Part I (2015-2017), the project conducted an online survey of One Health awareness and practices to improve the understanding of where, how, and why (or why not) individuals and organizations use a ‘One Health’ approach in their work in the Arctic. Conferences and workshop sessions to discuss the One Health concept were also convened during this first phase. In addition, a Table Top Training Exercise (TTX) was held in Anchorage, AK, USA, from February 1 – 3, 2017. More than 40 participants attended from a variety of backgrounds, including public health, food safety, medicine and veterinary medicine, meteorology, wildlife and land management, and emergency response. The TTX presented a hypothetical One Health scenario, such as a disease outbreak that has implications for humans and animals, a wildfire, or a mass die-off of wildlife. Stakeholders were then asked to formulate a response plan. [ See Phase I Report. ]
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Related SDWG Activities:
- Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups–Strengths United through Networks (RISING-SUN, 2017)
- Improving Health through Safe and Affordable Access to Household Running Water and Sewer (WASH, 2017)
- WASH/WIHAH Conference Report (2017)
- Promoting Mental Wellness in Northern Circumpolar Communities (2015)
- Food and Water Security Indicators in an Arctic Health Context (2013)
- Comparative Review of Circumpolar Health Systems Report (2012)
- Food-based Dietary Guidelines in Circumpolar Regions (2011)
- Arctic Human Health Initiative (2010)
- Hope and Resilience in Suicide Prevention Seminar (2009)
- International Circumpolar Surveillance (1998 -2008)
- Analysis of Arctic Children & Youth Health Indicators (2005)
- Arctic Telemedicine (2000)
Arctic One Health (published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health, September, 2015)
- World Policy Blog
- CBC News (Canada)
- The One Arctic – One Health Conference will be held in Oulu, Finland on 7-9 February 2019.
The call for abstracts will be opened in September, 2018. Visit the conference website!